The Shame (Paperback)

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A Literary Hub Recommended Read for August 2020
A Bustle "Most Anticipated Book of August 2020"

What if you could change your life? Would you do it? How would you do it?

Alma and her family live close to the land: they raise chickens and sheep, they make maple syrup. Every day Alma's husband leaves for his job at a nearby college while she stays home with their young children, cleans, searches for secondhand goods online, and reads books by the women writers she adores. Then, one night, she abruptly leaves it all behind--speeding through the darkness, away from their Vermont homestead, bound for New York.

In a series of flashbacks, Alma reveals the circumstances and choices that led to this moment. The joys and claustrophobia of their remote life through the passing of each season. Her fears and uncertainties about motherhood. The painfully awkward faculty dinners. Her feelings of loneliness and failure. And her growing fascination with Celeste: the mysterious ceramicist and self-loving doppelg nger whose story begins as inspiration for Alma before turning into a powerful obsession.

A fable both blistering and surreal, The Shame is a propulsive, funny, and thought-provoking debut about a woman in isolation, whose mind--fueled by capitalism, motherhood, and the search for meaningful art--attempts to betray her.

About the Author

Makenna Goodman is the author of The Shame which was named a Literary Hub Recommended Read for August 2020 and a Bustle "Most Anticipated Book of August 2020". Her words and work have been featured in The Paris Review, Electric Literature, Guernica, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, the Adroit Journal, and others. More information can be found at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781571311368
ISBN-10: 157131136X
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 160
Language: English

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